close up side view of a dovetailed step stool with beautiful wood grain

Dovetailed Step Stool

Sat & Sun, September 18 & 19, 2021, 9:00am-4:00pm $ 435.00

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This workshop will guide participants through the process of making a dovetailed, Shaker-style, step stool. Instructors will emphasize the precise use of hand tools and the importance of laying out joinery. Before building the step stool, participants will practice a variety of dovetail joints that will be applicable not only to the step stool, but also to future furniture projects.

All materials and supplies are included. This workshop requires you to bring or rent a set of hand tools from the shop for $40. You can book your tool rental on the Hand Tool Rental page. If you elect to bring your own hand tools, make sure they're sharp! The tools you will need include the following. 


  • Dovetail saw
  • A few chisels - a 1/4" and a 1/2" would be good
  • A mallet
  • 12" Combination square


  • Coping saw
  • 4" or 6" combination square
  • Marking gauge


Each eight student class has two experienced instructors. We make sure that each class has at least one female instructor. 

Getting Here

Allied Woodshop
407 E Pico Blvd, 10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Please arrive 15 minutes early. 

Parking is available in nearby lots for $5-$10/day, cash only. We recommend the lots on Pico Blvd just East of Wall St. Drive up the ramp and an attendant will direct you to a space. Myrtle Ave has 10-hour, metered parking for $4/day and the meters accept credit cards. Street parking is free in most street spaces after 6pm and on Sundays, just be sure to check the signs.  

What to Wear

Please wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. Boots or sneakers are fine and long pants are preferable. Do not wear loose or baggy clothing and please tie back long hair. No dangly jewelry. Please note, this is a woodshop with no AC. You can expect to get sweaty and dusty. Woodworking is hard work!

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are available. If you would like to gift this class, purchase Woodworking Bucks for the total cost of the class. 

Refund and Transfer Policy

In general, all workshops can be refunded, minus a $50 registration fee, up to one month in advance of the class. Students can transfer to a future class with at least two weeks advance notice. No portion of the course fee will be refunded or transferred less than two weeks before the class start date. To cancel or transfer your spot, please email

There are no refunds, transfers, make-ups, or deferments for missed sessions in multi-day classes.

Allied Woodshop reserves the right to cancel a class for insufficient registration.

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